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review 2019-02-18 20:38
Sea Of Stars
Sea of Stars (The Kricket Series Book 2) - Amy A. Bartol

It's been a while since I read the first book in the series, so some of the details were a bit blurry when I started Sea of Stars. Kricket, the main character with the most *uhm* special name and also her very special character of course, has found her way up in the stars between two (or possibly more) warring alien species/gangs. (I say alien because that is what they say in the book, and they make tiny, stupid human jokes. However, the physical appearance of said aliens is like humans, but ultimately better, obviously).

Where in the first book I was mainly annoyed by A) annoying Kricket and B) the human-like, human-feeling aliens, this time around there was little time for any of that as the story is immediately in full swing. Jumping around from one fight to the next while all that she wants to do is bunk down with her (new?) (insta?) love interest (I seriously can't remember him from the first book, if he was in there). Near the end, the typical end of the second book in a series great revelation is revealed, which will carry the story to the concluding book, which I will probably read sometime soon.

Now, this was actually kind of a nice read, all things considered. It was an easy read, and the things that bothered my in the first book, didn't bother me so much any more. While I had the feeling not a lot happened in the book, it was exciting enough for me to keep reading. It was an easy and quick read and sometimes these are just what you need.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2016-01-09 00:00
Under Different Stars (The Kricket Series Book 1)
Under Different Stars (The Kricket Series Book 1) - Amy A. Bartol This review was originally posted on Bookish Things & More

5 Reasons to Read Under Different Stars

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text 2015-02-19 19:29
TBR Thursday #28
Dark Vision - Debbie Johnson
City of God - Cecelia Holland
The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer - Laxmi Hariharan
The Curse Keepers Collection - Denise Grover Swank
Sea of Stars (The Kricket Series Book 2) - Amy A. Bartol
Harrison Squared - Daryl Gregory
Shutterspeed - Erwin Mortier
The Thorn and the Sinking Stone (Entangled Teen) - CJ Dushinski
Tookey's Talkies: 144 Great Films From the Last 25 Years - Christopher Tookey

Moonlight Reader started the TBR Thursday, and I think it's a good way to a) show what new books I've got and b) confront myself with my inability to lower my TBR. In fact, since I started recording it, it has risen significantly. I get the feeling I'm doing something wrong here...


Still no success lowering the TBR, so I just keep trying, and hope next week will be better, TBR-lowering wise. It would be a lot easier if there weren't so many books out there that sounded interesting. 


TBR pile currently stands at 348. (+20; seriously what happened; except that I added the Curse Keeper's Collection as individual books)

(Netgalley ARCs at 163 (+8))

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review 2015-02-06 11:49
Under Different Stars
Under Different Stars - Amy A. Bartol

What kind of name is Kricket anyway? I'll try not to get too annoyed but she's a very annoying character and more importantly. She's a special snowflake.


Having lived always on the run from social services in Chicago, Kricket does get herself chased and later kidnapped by what seems to be two different gangs of aliens. They tell her she's an alien and take her home, where she'll have to pay for her terrible crime: existing.


Kricket is a very special girl. Her blond hair discolours as soon as it is cut and even more spectacular: it will grow back immediately after being cut. A bit like Harry Potter. What kind of evolutionary benefit this growing back hair provides to the aliens isn't made clear and I can't think of any reason myself. The book states several times that she's supposed to be a weak female, but her special-snowflakeness prevents her from actually being one. *sigh*


It's the second alien book I've read in a very short time but it has the same problems. The aliens are just like people, except that we're told they're aliens. The look like humans, act like humans, whine like humans. They're basically just humans. I am to believe that they are the same except better without a reason to believe why they should be better. I'm not buying that.


Throw in some overly complicated love-interest and some slightly interesting intrigue, although it never really takes any form because the complete incompetence of the leader and you've got Under Different Stars...


Under Different Stars is the first book in the Kricket series. The next book, Sea of Stars, is expected to be published in March.


Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2014-01-20 15:41
Under Different Stars - Amy A. Bartol



"You cannot thrive under the wrong stars, Kricket."

OMG this book was so captivating! I couldn't put it down, I was hooked from the first chapter! I am so in love with all the characters, this book has it all. Lots of action, romance, humor,and dystopian! Under Different Stars takes place on both Earth and an alternate planet called Ethar which lends to the sci-fi feeling. I love the world Amy creates, it's so interesting. Her descriptions of the people and places, especially on Ethar, help you picture this world. I really felt like I was there!


Kricket is a a 17-year-old girl who doesn't have any family but she has friends, however she knows that she is different from the others. She has violet eyes and she can tell when someone lies or tells the truth. One night while she's on the train on her way home from work she meets three very interesting and handsome men, but she knows that something is off about them, she manages to get away from them only to be attacked by three other guys. These men claim that they have been searching for her, and have a mission which involves returning her to the world she belongs to.

After a catch they manage to take her with them on an epic journey through caves, portals and jungles. The leader of the team is Trey Allairis. He is a military soldier who follows orders. His one and only objective, is to secure his target, and return her safely to her people. Trey soon learns that aside from dangerous creatures and threats from rival beings, there are bigger things he needs to watch out for. He also discovers that he may be getting more than he bargained for when it comes to Kricket Holloway, as he finds that she may just mean more to him than a “mission”...


I liked Kricket so much! She was such a great female lead! She was so strong, she was a total badass! I think I have a big crush with her :))) Also she is tough and courageous! She isn't afraid to face her fears. She was honest, fun and absolutely lovable.
And Trey...I loved, loved, loved Trey. My attraction for him happened immediately!


Everything surrounding Trey and Kricket developed naturally and beautifully!
This is an amazing read! It was fast-paced, entertaining, with enough sexual tension!!
I cannot wait until the next book comes out!


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